DUI Chargees – Here is what you need to know.
Drunk driving cases are the most numerous criminal offenses reported, and Michigan is one of the most strict regarding these types of offenses.
Are Most People Accused of DUI guilty?
After an arrest, police routinely give suspected drunk drivers a breath test analysis and not a blood test. It is possible that the machines police officers use can malfunction or be operated improperly. A “regular” attorney will assume that since the state approved the machine that it is reliable and not challenge it. Misunderstandings of accused DUI drivers can have disastrous consequences, so it is essential that you seek advice from an experienced lawyer.
The police will also have an opinion as to a driver’s level of intoxication. These opinions are related to roadside sobriety testing. The National Highway Safety and Traffic Safety Administration has determined that only a few of the battery of tests police use are recognized as being able to access intoxication accurately. Also, recent studies indicate these tests are not given uniformly by police officers, so there can be no basis for assuming they are valid. Without an attorney qualified by the NHTSA, you will have no way of knowing whether the tests you were given are valid or not in a court of law.
The police will also have an observation of a driver’s level of intoxication. Police reports almost always reference slurred speech and bloodshot and glassy eyes. Those conditions can be caused by any number of reasons not related to alcohol consumption, such as being sleepy or suffering from allergies.
There are a lot of things to be aware of when representing someone charged with a DUI. There are many DUI lawyers in Michigan, but very few would be widely considered to have extensive expertise and a reputation for winning. When you are charged with DUI, it is imperative that you retain the services of attorneys that are specialists in the field of defending drunk driving, OWI, DUI, and OWPD defense. The premier DUI law firm in Michigan is LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. We provide our clients with the most creative, effective, and up-to-date defenses. We are not afraid to win!
Drunk Driving is Not a Minor Offense.
Drunk driving offenses like DUI, OWI, OWPD and Impaired Driving can happen to anyone. It does not mean you are a terrible person, and it does not necessarily have a substance abuse problem. However, there is a psychological and practical toll from a DUI conviction. The belief that a DUI is a minor offense is a common misunderstanding of those accused of drunk driving in Michigan.
There are driver license restrictions for OWI and DUI convictions (or suspensions depending on the charge and the number of prior convictions). Being stopped while driving on a restricted/suspended driver’s license can result in jail, substantial fines, and additional suspensions.
A first DUI can be expunged from your record in Michigan, but many judges are reluctant to grant these motions. If a judge refuses to expunge a DUI conviction, it can be on your record for life.
Additional consequences of a DUI conviction can include increased automobile insurance and damaged credit scores. College students charged with DUI or convicted of DUI can be suspended from school, and students in professional schools like law, medical and nursing schools, can be expelled. Unemployment benefits can be terminated with a DUI conviction. Convicted military service members can be discharged or saddled with massive restrictions. Licensed professionals can be disciplined by their licensing board or face the possibility of losing their license and livelihood.
Experienced, Aggressive, and Effective Defense Attorneys
There are hundreds of DUI lawyers in Michigan, but very few have the reputation, skills, and experience to be considered experts in their field. The various Michigan OWI attorneys have various levels of training, experience, respectability, and expertise. The attorneys at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. have decades of experience successfully defending clients charged with drunk driving offenses. Our attorneys have specialized training and access to expert witnesses to prepare a zealous and cutting-edge defense. No stone must be left unturned in protecting the interest of our firm’s clients.
Our attorneys have successfully defended people charged with drinking and driving offenses in courtrooms throughout Michigan. Our Defense Team is well respected, and we have a reputation for success. We can help, and we are not afraid to win.
Call us today at (248) 263-6800 for a free consultation or complete a Request for Assistance Form. We will contact you promptly and find a way to help you.